Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wary of both North Korea and Trump, South Korea debates developing its own nuclear weapons | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wary of both North Korea and Trump, South Korea debates developing its own nuclear weapons | McClatchy Washington Bureau: No longer sure they can rely on the United States, an increasing number of South Korean lawmakers say their country should develop its own nuclear arsenal to deter an attack by Kim Jong Un, their belligerent neighbor to the north.

North Korea’s rapid missile advances, including successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July and again on Friday, are reviving calls for South Korea to assert its “nuclear sovereignty.” South Koreans are wary of President Donald Trump’s isolationist rhetoric and his calls for Asian allies to shoulder more of the defense burdens borne by the U.S. military.

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